Record Attendance at the Ninth Annual FCPUG San Francisco SuperMeet

February 16, 2010 in Seminars and Events (E)

[] Los Angeles, CA / Boston, MA - The Final Cut Pro User Group Network [FCPUG Network] have announced record attendance at the recent Ninth Annual San Francisco SuperMeet held on February 5, 2010 at the Mission Bay Conference Center - UCSF.

"Historically, every SuperMeet we produce sells out, but this one exceeded all of our expectations," said Michael Horton, SuperMeet Co-Producer and head of the Los Angeles Final Cut Pro User Group. "We estimate over 750 digital filmmakers attended, it was a complete sell out with many standing in the aisles."

This San Francisco SuperMeet also marked three milestones for us," added Daniel Berube, SuperMeet Co-Producer and head of the Boston Final Cut Pro User Group. "We held our first series of free educational workshops during the day, we had a record number of hardware and software developers exhibiting their solutions with us and we made our first live video stream of a SuperMeet available to the public."

"It was a terrific show in San Francisco this year," said Horton. "We had a wonderful music video from Bay Area filmmaker Jordan Livingston to kick off the show and we then went right into Autodesk showing us their new product, Smoke on Mac OSX."

"This SuperMeet also set the stage for Canon to present the first worldwide public unveiling of Canon's new MPEG-2 Full HD (4:2:2) file-based recording codec and workflow in tandem with the first US preview of their upcoming file-based professional HD video camera," added Berube.

Also featured at the San Francisco SuperMeet was Jon Thorn of AJA, Motion Graphics and Final Cut Studio experts Mark Spencer and Kevin Monahan, LA-based filmmaker Taz Goldstein of HandHeldHollywood and Bay Area Creative Director and motion graphics artist Matt Silverman.

Free educational workshops were offered during the day by Adobe, Autodesk, Canon, Red Giant Software and Snader Systems. "Offering workshops has been a huge goal for us, to be able to compliment our SuperMeets with educational offerings that will appeal to our attendees," commented Berube. What worked very well for us was focusing on the current popularity of HDSLR filmmaking, drawing from some of the top gurus in the industry to present the workshops and having such a wonderful venue such as the Mission Bay Conference Center to offer them in."

Over 35 hardware and software developers exhibited as part of the "SuperMeet Digital Showcase" to connect and interact with attendees. "That was a record number of developers with us," stated Horton. "Each offered a unique solution as a piece in the puzzle of today's digital filmmaking workflow. All in all the energy between the developer and the attendees was infectious and very positive and showed us once again how much these SuperMeets matter to digital filmmakers and content creators."

Boinx Software, makers of Boinx TV, a Mac-based TV studio software solution for creating Live to Disk, Live to Internet and Live to Stage video, offered their services to broadcast the first live video stream of a SuperMeet to the public.

The SuperMeet organizers were at first unsure if live streaming the SuperMeet was even a workable idea. "The team from Boinx Software had just flown in from Germany to offer us their expertise and within hours the Boinx crew had the live feed up and running," stated Berube. "Without any advanced public notice of the live video stream until about 2 hours before the SuperMeet, by the second half of the show, we had over 1,500 unique viewers, which really surprised us. In effect, streaming the San Francisco SuperMeet was but a dry run for us as we will most certainly offer a live Boinx TV video stream at our next SuperMeet."

The next SuperMeet, the Ninth Annual Las Vegas SuperMeet, will be held on Tuesday, April 13 at the Rio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas alongside the 2010 NAB Show. The SuperMeet organizers are also working closely with NAB Show organizers and will act as co-hosts of the inaugural "Post-Pit" an area in the South Hall designed to bring together and showcase the talents of post production software and hardware developers and digital content creators.

Tickets for the Las Vegas SuperMeet will go on sale Thursday, Feb. 18, at 10:00AM PST for the "early bird" price of only $10.00 each. Free 2010 NAB Show Exhibit passes can be obtained by using code "PP01" when registering off the NAB Show registration page. For more information about future SuperMeets and a link where to buy tickets for the Las Vegas SuperMeet, visit the SuperMeet web site.

SuperMeets are gatherings of Final Cut Studio, Adobe and Avid editors, gurus and digital filmmakers from throughout the world who use or want to learn to use Macintosh-based workflows and solutions such as Apple's Final Cut Studio suite of applications. SuperMeets are held annually in San Francisco, Las Vegas, Amsterdam, and London, with a new major city to be announced in 2010. The SuperMeet agenda usually includes demos of new products, digital video tips and tricks, and filmmaker show and tells, including a SuperMeet Digital Showcase with vendors and small developers providing workflow solutions for digital filmmakers and content creators.


Daniel Berube
Co-producer - Boston Final Cut Pro User Group

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